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Posted on Summer Mallet/Hammer Swap 2018

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#1 posted 04-30-2018 06:55 PM

really great point Kenny,

The crotch is much harder to chisel through, and can cause splitting, but if you are careful, and work in a vise where the split would be contained by the pressure of the vice jaws, you should be ok. And it’s probably worth it for a wood that is rated on the softer side of hard. But really, any hardwood, using common sense based on how heavy and dense it is should, provide a nice beater, so if ya’ll can’t find some good crotch, ya gonna be ok. That being said, i may have to hunt for some crotch…

I have some osage in 7/8ths, that im considering for a handle, but a mallet head of the stuff would be so sweet.

I also have some kingwood that would make a neat handle… dang, so many choices, I may have to make several and pick the best one

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